Move to pay health insurance online
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 17: The Ministry of Health is keen on addressing the problems of some expatriates who want to pay their health insurance online for renewal of visa or those entering the country for the first time, as the manual payment system was cancelled effective July 28, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources.
Sources disclosed Palestinians are among those facing problems; as well as expatriates whose residency permits are valid for more than three months, those with newborns (new birth certificate), those with new passports, those whose passports’ validity was extended, children of expatriates who reached 17 or 18 years old, and those who changed their names in their passports.
Sources affirmed the ministry is working towards the completion of transactions for these expatriates through the temporary manual payment system.
Sources added the online system was launched towards the end of January, indicating that more than one million online payments have been completed as of July.
Sources said the health insurance centers will close officially on Sunday, disclosing the ministry used these centers for 14 days.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Electricity and Water has announced that 69 percent of its workers confirmed the availability of information needed to perform their tasks efficiently to better serve the citizens and complete transactions quickly, reports Al-Shahid daily quoting sources. Sources said the ministry is exerting tremendous efforts to store the required data to increase the productivity of its workers in line with the new vision of Kuwait to improve public services, similar to what is being done in other parts of the world.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 17: Acting Ministry of Interior Undersecretary Lieutenant General Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf, Director General of Rescue Police Major General Abdulaziz Al-Hajri and a number of senior officers visited Sheikh Jaber Causeway recently.
In a press statement, the ministry revealed that Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf inspected the patrols and surveillance cameras for monitoring traffic movement on the causeway. He also visited the control room linked to the surveillance cameras.
During the visit, he issued a directive to firmly deal with those committing violations, especially those dumping garbage to protect Kuwait Bay. He also instructed the concerned authorities to strictly deal with reckless drivers and respond to calls promptly. He then praised the efforts exerted by securitymen to ensure the safety of those plying through the causeway.
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 14: Securitymen are looking for a police impersonator for kidnapping five Indian women, driving them to a deserted place in Jahra and attempting to rape one of them, reports Al-Rai daily.
The daily added, the five women were riding in a taxi and the suspect driving in a civilian vehicle flashed his ‘military ID’ told the women they are violators of the law and ordered them to get in his car pretending to take them to a police station.
The man then drove them to Jahra and started molesting them. He then chose one of them and began removing her clothes. At this point the women shouted for help and managed to escape from him and went to the main road and hitchhiked their way to the Abu Halifa Police Station and filed a complaint against the impersonator.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 14: A group of Indian Sikhs have founded the ‘Sulaibiya Gurdwara’ (Sikh Temple) in Sulaibiya that is clearly visible on Google Maps and Google Earth, what is considered illegal, shocking and surprising, reports Al-Rai daily.
The temple, located off the Fifth Ring Road, is a place reserved for a company in the Sulaibiya residential area, and is proof of another violation of the sanctity of that residential area. Freedom of belief is absolute. The State protects the freedom of religion in accordance with established customs, provided it does not conflict with public policy or morals.
The temple was founded nearly nine years ago and where thousands of Indians from the Sikh community practice their religious rituals, cook and distribute foods in clear violation of the Constitution, which states in its Article 35 that “Freedom of belief is absolute. The State protects the freedom of practicing religion in accordance with established customs, provided that it does not conflict with public policy or morals”, but the religions speak of the people of the Book – Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
This Sikh temple is a plot leased from state property as a warehouse for a company, and the owner does not have the right to lease it for use for anything other than its intended purpose.
This opens the door for questions: Will this lead to a series of similar violations by other sects that might allow them to establish places of worship away from the eyes of the state, and how will the relevant government agencies act against the Sikh temple?
Source: Arab Times
Illegal measures taken against expats
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 14: The State Audit Bureau has issued a report concerning evaluation of the efficiency of government procedures aimed at curbing the spread of marginal workers.
The bureau conducted evaluation of Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) in terms of the mechanism followed in bringing expatriate workers in Kuwait based on the estimated needs in both private sector and oil sector. It also studied the procedures adopted by PAM for implementing the eighth item in the sustainable development plan that targets enhancement of economic development.
The report included observations on some procedures that violate the International Declaration of Human Rights. It stated that these violations include collecting money from the workers in order to bring them to Kuwait for work – a phenomenon referred to as “Residency Trafficking”.
The report included other observations related to hiring workers for hard jobs that do not match the job description in the work permit.
The report affirmed that many of these violations were committed under the sureness that the laborers cannot complain due to their urgent need for work. It also highlighted violations related to mistreatment of expatriate workers especially marginal workers to the extent that some sponsors humiliate, insult and beat their workers as well as seize their passports.
The report elaborated on illegal measures taken against expatriate workers such as preventing them from traveling to their home country, and slackness in resolving disputes involving expatriate workers by the relevant committees, as well as the violation of preventing expatriates from working for different sponsors if they refuse to continue working for their first sponsor, in addition to the violation of non-payment of end-ofservice indemnity to expatriate workers.
It specifically pointed out the violation of discrimination in payment of salaries based on nationality of the workers instead of their job, and highlighted violations related to abuse of laborers, and assigning them to tasks outside the specified working hours.
The report insisted on the negative effects of residency trafficking particularly on the security aspect due to increase in the number of marginal workers, considering the cultural differences and lack of education. It linked the low salaries with the tendency for some workers to resort to practicing illegal activities including crimes for earning extra money.
The report stressed on the economic consequences of increase in the number of expatriate workers in Kuwait, as it increases the unemployment rate among Kuwaiti citizens. This is especially considering the fact that the private sector prefer hiring expatriate employees due to many factors such as easier way of dealing with them, relatively low salaries, and higher productivity compared to Kuwaiti employees.
By Fares Al-Abadan Al-Seyassah / Arab Times Staff
Source: Arab time
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 13: Professor of Clinical Psychology at Kuwait University and Family Advisor at Ministry of Justice Dr Amina Al-Sammak says Kuwaiti families suffer from psychological and social problems caused by psychological factors such as disappointment, abstention from getting married, and even suicide, reports Al-Rai daily.
She explained that the brain of woman functions differently from that of a man. Fights between couples lead to non-reproduction.
The students of some schools in Kuwait suffer from psychological disorders caused by sexual transition and bullying. This is due to many psychological factors that require cooperation and combined efforts to find clinical psychological therapist to treat students who are negatively affected psychologically.
Dr Al-Sammak said Ministry of Justice assists in solving many problems that may occur between couples, adding that most of these problems erupt over simple reasons.
Source: Arab Times
‘No official has right to cancel debts’
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 13: The Council of Ministers stresses on the need to collect debts owed to the government by people who benefit from the government services by all ways and to the extent of taking legal if need be, reports Al- Anba daily quoting senior government sources.
The sources said these debts are public funds payable without any complacency, inaction or concession. The sources pointed out that no official has the right to drop off debts that exceed more than 5 thousand dinars or even exempt part of them.
The sources denied the existence of any tendency to study the cancellation of some debts without referring the issue to the Council of Ministers. The sources revealed the government has approved several measures to increase the collection of these debts and prevent the accumulation. One of the most important procedures is to go for automatic link between the ministries to help collect the debts before agreeing to provide a new service, and to coordinate with the Public Authority for Civil Information to provide data of those who owe debts, and to provide multiple facilities in payment instruments.
The sources confirmed that the adoption of the system of prepayment before providing new services has greatly contributed to the nonaccumulation of more debts owed to the government. The sources pointed out that the government has obliged the ministries to submit a report twice a year, including details of their efforts in the area of collecting money owed to the government complete with statistical data on the money collected and the outstanding amount.
In response to a question about exempting government employees upon retirement or exempting the heirs upon the death of the employee from debts owed if it is less than 5,000 dinars, the sources said, it is organized according to the decisions issued by the Council of Ministers and circulars issued by the Ministry of Finance, which includes the conditions and controls required before submitting an application. The exemption after the submission of the application must be submitted for study to the Fatwa and Legislation Department and must be approved by the Minister of Finance before exemption.
Source: Arab Times